VENICE TWP. — The Valero gas station and convenience store at the corner of M-21 and Durand Road is “getting a facelift,” according to owner Rick Hansen.

Hansen, who owns several area Valero stations, including in Owosso, Byron, Durand, Ovid, St. Johns and Flushing, said he hopes to have the gas station back open by June 1.

The interior is being completely remodeled. Currently, it’s stripped down to just the beams inside, Hansen said.

The exterior is being renovated as well. Hansen said he will add brick to the exterior and when it’s finished the building will look similar to the Valero station in Byron, which was renovated in 2017.

The station will receive new pumps and the underground storage tanks, as well as other underground equipment upgrades.

He was unsure what the final cost of the project will be.

“Whatever it takes to do the job right,” Hansen said.

The work on the station is just the latest in a string of renovations that Hansen has undertaken at the area gas stations he owns.

Last year, he completed renovations to his Flushing station and in previous years the Byron, Bennington Township and Ovid locations received similar renovations.

Hansen said he’s eyeing two other locations for future renovations. He is still deciding between his St. Johns and Durand locations.

He said the arrival of a new $555-million milk processing plant in St. Johns may give that location priority.

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